"2.8.2. The law of succession and wills in Romano-Germanic legal systems has long been marked by attitudes towards inheritance that are extremely outdated in many respects. The deceased's1 estate was considered to represent a form of continuity through one’s heirs".
This little peach can be found here, the European Economic and Social Committee's responseto moves towards creating a single system of inheritance. And where is my problem. Well apart from the philosophical issue about what inheritance actually is, and I have to say that I believe that the idea that an estate does indeed provide continuity through one's heirs, particularly if one is fortunate to inherit an estate that is indeed an estate, nothing.
Well until you read the footnote referred to,
"1 Footnote not necessary in English text".
Some poor blighter had to type that in.